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Introducing Roman Guerrero, M.D. [Video]

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Introducing Roman Guerrero, M.D., spine surgeon at Summit Orthopedics in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

Meet Dr. Roman Guerrero

Dr. Guerrero’s approach: Pain arising from the spine can have a wide presentation, sometimes it’s back or neck pain and on occasions it exhibits as referred pain to the arms and legs.  I believe in treating a patient and not its symptoms; individual circumstances needs empathetic, evidence based specialized care.

Dr. Guerrero’s education: Dr. Guerrero spent many of his education years studying in Puerto Rico. He completed both his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. He continued his education at University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, where he finished his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery. He then completed his fellowship at Twins Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise

Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.

Start your journey to a healthy spine. Find your spine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a spine consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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Video Transcription

My name’s Roman Guerrero. I’m a spine surgeon here at the Summit Orthopedic Group. Born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico. Did my high school there and then my Bachelor’s in Sciences. That’s four years of training. Then we did med school for four years, and then five years of orthopedic surgery residency, and then finished here in the Twin Cities doing a spine surgery fellowship, which is a one-year extra training for becoming a spine surgeon. The reason why I was interested in orthopedic surgery at first was mainly because the sports type of injuries. The fact that athletes were – we saw basketball games and then they had fractures, ligaments were torn. And the fact that there was someone who actually, literally treated it with their hands and made them better, it was the first type of thing I was really interested. As I became more familiar with anatomy and the science behind it, I felt that the back, the anatomy of the vertebraes were quite interesting, and how as we age we degenerate our spine, and how we can treat that. Especially helping patients which have untractable leg pain, back pain which can’t be treated with any other measure – I thought it was quite interesting, the fact that I would be able with my hands to help people. I treat patients as a whole. I like the holistic type of approach to patients. I think it’s the way to go, and I think at some point during our training as physicians, we get apart from the fact that we are physicians. We’re medics which are trying to help people as a whole, not as a back pain, not as a neck pain issue. It’s more as a patient, and that’s what definitely will make a difference in our practice. When I’m not in the OR, I really like to spend time with my family, my wife, I have two kids, a three-year-old and a one-year-old. And being able just to be there and see them grow and going to the parks, going away, hiking, we are outdoor people. I love playing guitar. I’m a guitar player, so I love music. So if I have a chance I’ll go to concerts and I love my jazz and blues. The reason why I’m very happy being in the medical field and able to wake up every day with a big smile, is the fact that I’m helping people. So treating people as a whole, rather than as a disease. I’m not treating back pain, I’m not treating neck pain, I’m treating the patient as a whole.